Team building is essential during dental school. Building a cohesive unit that recognizes and is perceptive of each other’s strengths and weaknesses allows a team to successfully move forward, while performing at a high level.
When we go to the dentist, we are used to paying for the appointment through a private insurance company or out-of-pocket. Government-funded programs do exist, but their scope is relatively limited. Other places in the world have different models to pay for various health care services.
Any field that requires high precision minimal invasiveness, and whose results are subject to human fatigue, can benefit from implementation of robotics systems. So it comes as no surprise that oral and maxillofacial surgery, particularly implant placement, has seen recent advancements in robotic-assisted surgical techniques.
Patients who have neglected their dental health while dealing with substance use disorder find themselves in pain due to severe decay and gum disease; many of them also have anxiety and stress about visiting a dentist after becoming sober.
The ADA started with seven recognized specialties and has only added five specialties in the past 160 years. Three of the specialties, dental anesthesiology, oral medicine and orofacial pain, were recognized in the last three years. Ever wonder why more specialties aren’t recognized?
As discussed in a blog post earlier this week, 2020 grads faced challenges obtaining their dental licensure until ASDA stepped in to assist with this effort. Elizabeth Stapleton, a 2020 graduate in Virginia, shared, “The original plan for my licensure included a manikin exam with ADEX for prosthodontics and endodontics, and a live-patient exam for restorative and periodontics.”
In March 2020, many dental schools shut classroom and clinic doors. A deadly virus was circulating the globe, known as SARS-CoV-2, or more commonly referred to as COVID-19. With many clinics and testing centers closed, students were prevented from taking licensing exams. Additional barriers stood in the way of students in states that required a live-patient exam, or a live-patient component of the exam, that could not be fulfilled under a state of emergency.